Gigue à Paddy

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X:1 T:Reel de Paddy N:From the playing of Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal, Quebec) M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G gfg efg|afd def|gfg efg|afd def| g2g aga|bgg bge|dcB AGA|BGG GBd| ~g3 efg|afd def|{a}gfg efg|afd def| g2g aga|bgg {a}bge|dcB AGA|BGG G|| |:G|AGB AGA|Bcd efg|G2B AGA|BGE {F}E2D| G2B AGA|Bcd efg|dcB AGA|1BGG G2:|2BGG GBd||



GIGUE À PADDY (Paddy's Jig). AKA - "Reel de Paddy." AKA and see "Mrs. Spens Monroe," "Miss Spens Munro," "Reel Lasalle." French-Canadian, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The title perhaps indicates 'an Irish 6/8 time jig', as 'gigue' can also refer to duple-time tunes in Quebec tradition. "Reel de Paddy" is the second name for the tune on an Allard recording. Allard researcher Jean Duval finds that the Montreal fiddler earlier recorded it as "Reel Lasalle." However, the tune is derived from a British jig known variously as "Mrs. Spens Monroe," "King (The)," "Best in the Bag (The)," "Happy Mistake (The)," "Jim O'Connor's," "John Blessing's Delight, King's Jig (2)," "King of Jigs," "Lady Shire’s Favourite," "Miss Monroe’s Jig," and "Mrs. Monroe’s (1)"[1].


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 6. Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 106, p. 50.

Recorded sources: -Bluebird B-4889-b (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1936, as "Reel de Paddy").

See also listing at:
Hear Allard's recording at The Virtual Gramaphone [1] [2]



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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Joseph Allard 1983-1947", 2018, p. 79.